Tuesday night, Ardrey Kell beat arch rival Providence 75-55 to set a school record. The Knights won their 12th game in a row, a streak that includes a win over state power Victory Christian in the local bracket championship at the Hoodies House Tournament last month. Devin Cooper made a buzzer-beating layup off a Steven Santa Ana pass to win a thrilling game.
Thursday, Ardrey Kell (13-1) made more history: it climbed to the top of the Observer’s Sweet 16 boys’ basketball poll for the first time. The Knights, who haven’t lost since Nov. 21, jumped three spots from No. 4 in the first poll since mid-December. Since then, most area teams have played in holiday tournaments and at least one regular-season game.
That action has brought many changes to the poll.
Three new teams are in:
• Gastonia’s Ashbrook High (10-1), which got to the final at the Leon Brogden tournament in Wilmington, jumps in at No. 11. The Green Wave is led by 6-foot-9 center Isaiah Whaley.
• Berry, which has won seven straight, returns to the poll after upsetting No. 5 Olympic in a holiday tournament championship game. The Cardinals (11-3) are in at No. 13.
• And East Lincoln (7-0), which won its East Lincoln Winter Jam tournament, is in at No. 15.
The top of the poll moved around a little, but the teams remained pretty much the same. Providence Day, which had a good run at the national field in Hoodies House Tournament at Ardrey Kell, moved up a spot to No. 2. North Meck, which won the Arby (Tenn.) Classic but was upset by Robinson on Tuesday, fell a spot to No. 3. West Charlotte (10-2) dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 after losing to a Maryland team and North Mecklenburg.
Butler, which has won 12 straight, jumped two spots to No. 6, and Hickory Ridge rose five spots to No. 9.
|1||Ardrey Kell (4A)||13-1||5|
|2||Providence Day (IND)||12-4||3|
|3||North Mecklenburg (4A)||13-1||2|
|4||West Charlotte (4A)||10-2||1|
|9||Hickory Ridge (3A)||12-2||14|
|12||Charlotte Christian (IND)||11-3||10|
|14||Charlotte Catholic (4A)||11-3||7|
|15||East Lincoln (2A)||7-0||NR|
|16||Rock Hill South Pointe (4A)||6-2||13|
Dropped Out: Harding (4A, 7-5); Lake Norman (4A, 6-7); Cox Mill (3A, 10-5). Also receiving consideration: Mooresville (4A, 8-4); North Iredell (3A, 10-3); Concord (3A, 10-4); Lincolnton (2A, 10-1)